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Kiev takes off air humour radio station owned by opposition leader

October 02, 2014, 21:22 UTC+3 KIEV
The Opposition Bloc said that the current authorities “in spite of all their statements about adherence to the truth and objectivity cannot stand another point of view except officially adopted”
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KIEV, October 2. /TASS/. Rabinovich-FM radio station was taken off air in Ukraine on Thursday without any warnings or legitimate grounds, the Opposition Bloc’s press service said. One of the bloc’s leaders is the radio station’s owner.

“The radio station broadcasts humour and bothers no-one,” it said. Although, “recently news has started appearing on the air - true and objective news about the situation in the country, economic forecasts and how average people evaluate the authorities’ actions.”

“Apparently, this very truth, even a little piece of it, has stood in the way of someone, to say nothing about Vadim Rabinovich, a leader of the Opposition Bloc and the owner of the radio station,” the press service said.

The Opposition Bloc said that the current authorities “in spite of all their statements about adherence to the truth and objectivity cannot stand another point of view except officially adopted.”

The fact that an independent radio station had been taken off the air is “another action in a row of the authorities’ shameful actions that target the opposition,” the press service said.

“Attacks on opposition politicians, Yury Miroshnichenko and Nestor Shufrich, the blocking of Yury Boiko and Vadim Rabinovich’s meetings with voters, the pressure on the members of election commissions and direct voter intimidation are all the instruments the authorities have at hand to fight with dissent and opponents,” the oppositionists said demanding to put the Rabinovich-FM radio station back on the air and stop any encroachments on the freedom of expression in the country.

Six political forces have joined the Opposition Bloc, uniting Ukraine Development Party, Centre, New Policy, State Neutrality, Ukraine, Forward! and Labour Ukraine. Former members of the Party of Regions which rejected the elections were entered on the Opposition Bloc’s lists.

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